Leadership in Organisations

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 6
Sunday 17 January 2021
Friday 26 March 2021
09 September 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC NN24 Accounting and Management,
BSC NN27 Accounting and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC NN42 Accounting and Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC NNK2 Accounting and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N200 Business Management,
BSC N201 Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BSC N202 Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N204 Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA NR19 Business Management and Modern Languages,
BA N1R9 Business Management with a Modern Language,
BA T7N2 Latin American Studies with Business Management,
BA P520 Journalism with Business Management,
BA N19R Business Management and Language Studies,
BSC N344 Finance and Management,
BSC N345 Finance and Management (Including Year Abroad),
BSC N346 Finance and Management (Including Placement Year),
BSC N347 Finance and Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV20 Philosophy with Business Management,
BA VV21 Philosophy with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA VV22 Philosophy with Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA VV23 Philosophy with Business Management (Including Year Abroad),
BA L933 Global Studies with Business Management,
BA L934 Global Studies with Business Management (Including Foundation Year),
BA L935 Global Studies with Business Management (Including Placement Year),
BA L936 Global Studies with Business Management (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

Leadership is an important topic in the field of business and management studies both from a theoretical and a practical perspective. The overarching objective of this module is to develop students' understanding of leadership within organisations.

The module introduces students to a wide range of models, theories and topics within leadership and highlights central debates in the field. The module will cover traditional approaches to leadership, current issues in leadership and critical issues in leadership from a theoretical and a practical perspective. At the end of the module students will have developed a critical appreciation of leadership in modern organisations.

Module aims

The main aims of the module are:

1. To provide students with an understanding of theories on leadership

2. To introduce students to the practice of leadership

3. To enable students to critically analyse leadership in organisations

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate a clear understanding of the key elements of the various theories and concepts on leadership in organisations

2. Critically evaluate practices of leadership

3. Analyse leadership in organisations independently

Module information

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

By the end of the module, you will be able to:

1. Evaluate leadership issues from a range of perspectives and be able to integrate these into a considered and practical approach to leadership, management, and organisation

2. Think critically about leadership by discussing current case studies and academic articles

3. Develop your commercial awareness based on studying examples of current leadership practices

4. Reflect on your attitudes to leadership, e.g. based on your personal leadership learning log

5. Work effectively and efficiently in small teams (in classes)

6. Solve problems creatively and collaboratively

7. Reflect on your own future leadership practice

Learning and teaching methods

The module is normally delivered over an entire term. We will have two-hour lectures (weeks 16, 18, 20, 22, 24) and two-hour seminars (weeks 17, 19, 23, 25). We will have a reading week in week 21. In the lectures and seminars we are looking for active participation from you to create an inclusive, positive learning environment for everyone. Preparation for the lectures and classes is key. In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


  • Doris Schedlitzki; Gareth Edwards. (2018) Studying leadership: traditional and critical approaches, London: SAGE.

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   REFLECTIVE JOURNAL    30% 
Coursework   ASSIGNMENT    70% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Paul Kelly, email:
Paul Kelly & Stefano Cirella



External examiner

Prof Simon Lilley
University of Leicester
Available via Moodle
Of 68 hours, 68 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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